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Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman – Review and Excerpt

Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman – Review and Excerpt

Lips Close to Mine by Robin Bielman (Wherever You Go Series) is a heartwarming friends to lovers story that is a must for any romance lover. There is nothing better than a story that can make you laugh, cry, and squeal with delight. It’s a perfect bookcation.

Harper is not interested in anything beyond one night and that’s worked until now. A traumatic and tragic event has haunted her and affected her views on relationships that when she’s forced to face her fears head-on, will she give love a second chance?

Levi is an absolute stud. Smart, sexy and loves his job. Devoted to friends, family, and desires the only woman he can’t have. Will he prove that love is worth the risk and win over the heart of his one-true love?

After years of friendship, one night will change everything. Now they can’t escape the very thing they are running from. The game has changed and the stakes are higher.

An emotional story that pushes two people to come to terms with the past, despite their own separate traumatic experiences. Trust is vital in this game, if they can open up and have faith, their ability to trust in themselves, each other, their family may not prove to end with dire consequences a second time around.

Robin’s crafted a story that takes you on a journey of self-discovery and the ability to love, unconditionally, despite the fears and uncertainty of the unknown. I loved the tension, chemistry, and the discovery of what happened to bring Harper and Levi to face their fears. 

If you love a story with intense attraction, heat, emotional enrapture of your heart, mind and soul…read this. Levi will ruin you for another book boyfriend, but that’s ok. He’s totally worth it!

This installment is a two and a half spicy pepper read. It has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

I received an advance copy from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

Excerpt:

“What do you say we open that champagne then skinny-dip in the fountain?” I ask, releasing my seat belt. That I’m dying to see her naked again might have something to do with my suggestion, too.
Harper searches my eyes for clues I’m serious. I help her out. “Unless you’re chicken.”
With a straight face, she unclicks her seat belt, picks up the bottle of champagne and proceeds to pop the cork like a champ. She takes a swig, her full lips wrapped around the bottle, her eyes never leaving mine. **Edited for blog and approved by Author ** Full disclosure: I’ve been picturing this every damn night for the past two months.
“Your turn.” She hands me the bottle as her tongue licks across her full bottom lip. If she’s trying to torture me, it’s working.
Our fingers brush when I accept the Dom Perignon, and once again, the small, effortless touch isn’t enough. I take a small gulp of the sparkling drink, mindful I’m driving. When finished, I pass it back. “So, your cousin said something interesting to me tonight.”
“S^*t.”
I laugh. The harder Harper tries to keep me at arm’s length, the more her family tries to draw me in. “Since you’re sitting at the head table during the wedding reception, she wanted me to know I’ll be sitting with your brothers.”
She chokes on the champagne. “What the hell? I never RSVP’d you were my plus-one.”
“Your mom did.”
Harper’s head falls back against the seat, chin up, eyes closed. “That woman is impossible. I’ll tell them you’re not coming to the wedding.”
“I don’t mind.”
“I do.”
“All right. Whatever you want.”
“That’s it? Just like that, you’re not coming now?” She shifts positions, drawing her legs up so she’s sitting on them and facing me. I hadn’t noticed that she’d slipped off her shoes.
“I don’t want to make you uncomfortable around your family.”
“You don’t do that.”
“You sure? I think I do.”
“No. You don’t. Not even a little. But…”
“But what?”
“I did tell my mom I had a date so she wouldn’t bug me about it. I was planning to find a random guy to go with me, so I guess since she thinks it’s you…” She takes a drink, extends me the bottle.
I put my palm over my heart. “How magnanimous of you.”
“I know,” she teases. “Don’t you forget it.”
“So I am going to the wedding?”
“Yes.”

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Author Info:

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to frequent coffee shops, spend time with her husband and two sons, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty, dog Harry. She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. To keep in touch sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com

 

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman

Coffee With USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rae: Thank you so much for hanging out with me today.

Robin: Thanks so much for having me!

Rae: If we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a peppermint mocha latte with Coconut Milk. What would you order?

Robin: That sounds yummy! I’d have a peppermint vanilla latte with either almond or coconut milk. 🙂

Rae: Happy Birthday – I brought cake today in honor of your birthday! It’s never too early for sweets!

Robin: Aw, I love cake! You are absolutely right – it’s never too early for sweets. Thanks for celebrating my b-day with me a day early. 😀

Rae: For those who are not familiar with your work, your backlist includes 16 books/novellas, that’s a lot of book adventures! If a reader is new to you, what book would you recommend the start with first?

Robin: It’s crazy when I think about how many books I have out! For readers who like sweeter romances, I would recommend Kissing the Maid of Honor and for those who like higher levels of heat, Keeping Mr. Right Now or Talk British to Me are good places to start.

Rae: You write of loving the outdoors and experiencing wicked adventures, what was the most terrifying thing you’ve done that you’d repeat? I read that you’ve skydived, parasailed, and even scuba dived, were they a one-time thing or do you regularly head out for an adrenaline rush? Have any of those adventures ended up in a book?

Robin: I’d love to do these things more regularly! I’ve only skydived once, but really want to again. It was a tandem dive so I was connected to an instructor and not scared at all. I couldn’t wait to write a heroine who skydives after that, and so there’s a skydiving scene in Falling For Her Bachelor. 🙂 There are lots more adventures I’d like to take for sure.

Rae: I must confess, I am a HUGE fan of your Wherever You Go series, can you give us a tease at the next installment?

Robin: Thank you! I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the series. The next book is releasing April 16th and is Elliot and Madison’s story. As far as a tease goes, hmm… let’s just say neither is who the other expected. 😀

Rae: When you are writing a book, do you plot it out page by page, chapter by chapter? Or, do your characters guide you? How do you stay organized with your characters in a large series so that you don’t forget the little details?

Robin: My characters guide me and I love it! To stay organized, I always write with a notebook beside me that I keep handwritten notes in about character and plots so I can refer back to it as I write – especially books in the same series.

Rae: Are you a planner girl, a digital calendar fan, or do you have your own unique system that keeps your organized and on task with every aspect of your life :)?

Robin: I used to be so organized! Not so much anymore. LOL So, let’s say I have my own unique system that somehow works. I only occasionally screw things up.

Rae: Do you have a favorite place to write, or can you write anywhere? Do you find it easier to craft on a computer or with paper and pen?

Robin: My favorite place to write is at my desk where it’s nice and quiet. I’m not one of those people who can write anywhere, and I do almost all of my writing on my computer, but do take notes in a notebook.

Rae: What advise could you give to someone who is reading this and feeling inspired to write?

Robin: Do it! Write what makes you happy and whatever story or thoughts are in your head and heart. Enjoy the process and always believe in yourself.

Rae: What can we expect to see on the bookshelves in the upcoming months?

Robin: As mentioned, the third book in my Wherever You Go Series is releasing in April, and then I’m excited to share that I’m co-writing a book with the awesome and talented Samanthe Beck that will be releasing this summer.

Rae: If readers want to meet you in person where will you be?

Robin: I don’t have any plans to do any signings, but I will be at the RWA conference in Denver, and I always love to meet up with/run in to readers. Let me know if you’re going to be there!

Rae: Thank you for hanging out in the cafe today.

Robin: Thanks again for having me!!

***** Tasty Tidbits *****

1. What is a must read book and why? Anything by Colleen Hoover because her words are amazing.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?
The ocean.


3. Do you take-in or cook? If so, what is your “go-to” dish?
Both! For go-to meals we love pizza, Chinese food, and sandwiches.


4. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you? I swear a lot.

5. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist? I’m more of a pop, electronic girl.

6. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go? Europe! (England, France, and Italy please.)


7. What is your guilty pleasure? Watching TV


8. What are you afraid of? Scary clowns


9. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one? No tats.


10. Organized or Free Floating? I’m a laid-back, mostly organized girl. 🙂


11. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)? Both – current faves are Lucifer, Good Behavior, and Lethal Weapon, and I’ll binge watch shows on Netflix and movies on the Hallmark Channel.


12. What’s on your playlist? It’s been forever since I’ve updated it, but recent favorites are Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Charlie Puth, and Maroon 5.


13. What play or musical do you want to see next? Hamilton


14. Are you a crafter? Not really. When my boys were little, I did some scrapbooking and made them sports memory books, but that’s the extent of it.


15. What’s your favorite TV show and why? I’ve got lots of favorites – when it’s on, Dancing With The Stars always makes me smiley. 😀


16. If you could pick a book you’ve read and make it into a movie, which book would it be (besides yours 🙂 )? Ack! I don’t know.


17. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why? Again, lots of favorites, mostly romantic comedies.


18. Would you rather see a movie in the theater or at home on DVD and why? It depends on my mood! It’s fun to go out, but it’s also fun to stay home in my PJ’s and get cozy with my hubby on the couch.


19. What is the one thing you can’t live without? My family


20. If you could invite 5 people to dinner (not friends and family – that’s too easy) who would be at your table? Where would you eat? Barack Obama, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Reese Witherspoon, and Louise Bay. We’d eat at a casual burger joint.


21. If you could try any career for a day, what would it be? Anesthesiologist – I always say in my next life I’m going to be a doctor.


22. Person you admire and why? My mom for her strength, amazing kindness, and overall awesomeness.


23. What are your top five locations on your bucket? Paris, the Amalfi Coast, Costa Rica, Ireland, Fiji.

Rae: Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another spiced latte :). Happy Reading Dear Readers. Happy Writing Robin.

Robin: Thank you! And thanks for the “coffee” and chat! Happy New Year! xoxo

Still want more to know more about Robin Bielman, head over to her website and discover more! 

Summer Sizzles with these spicy reads!

Summer Sizzles with these spicy reads!

The Hook Up by Tawna Fenske has characters that charm, make you laugh and have serious sizzlin chemistry to ignite the pages in your e-reader! This book is the third installment in the First Impressions series however, each book can be read as a standalone. 

Tyler Hendrix is on a quest that didn’t include Ellie Sanders,and after their initial encounter, he won’t be able to remember the reasons why he shouldn’t get involved with her ;). The scene they first meet is hilarious and laugh out loud funny. Tawna is a master at one-liners that leave you begging for a screen adaption of her books!

Ellie doesn’t need a man to keep her satisfied thanks to her job and Tyler is desperate to be with her but fights his desires. Is he worthy of a long-term relationship. YES!!! They will both need to overcome a fear of commitment or risk loosing the best thing they have ever found.

Relationships are challenging, and for the majority of people they have ups and downs multiple times a day. It’s nice to read a book that portrays the little things that happen between two people who love each other with a sense of humility and humor.

Don’t miss this must read book or any of Tawna’s backlist! All three books in the First Impressions series are available for your immediate pleasure. Just click here:  The Hook Up (First Impressions)

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.4 Jalepenos

Check out my previous review of The Hang Up

Camden by Xio Axelrod is raw, intense and sizzles in this fast paced story of a tragedy that has pushed Camden Skinner to make amends and uncover the truth regarding a terrible mistake.

Yara Bujold was on the brink of success when she was murdered. When she shows up Camden will have a choice to make, hopefully he won’t lose his heart in the process. This is a story of a woman who risks everything when she trusts the one man who helped seal her fate.

Power, control, and fame. Sometimes the people we trust the most are the ones who can destroy us. This story will keep you reading till the very last page. There are plenty of surprises and twist to this must read story.

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle and a lot of action! Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

Don’t miss this one man’s journey to avenge a pop star and make things right. Get your copy here: Camden

I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

Happy Book Birthday Talk British to Me by Robin Bielman. One-click this must read for your summer reading pleasure now!

Are you a fan of a man with a sexy accent? How about a British one? Do you long for a love who will talk dirty, tell you the truth and sweep you off your feet? A weekly radio show is what our heroine listens to every week while brewing coffee and dreaming of her future! It’s about to change your summer!

Bennett knows what women want and every week he’s on the air to tell all to the listeners in Los Angeles about his latest encounters. His escapades will smoosh your heart, make you weep, melt panties and scorch briefs.

Oh, Robin, you are so clever, there is a secret that Bennett carries and when he meets Teague he just might fall hard enough to risk his job at the station, everything he’s worked so hard to achieve, all in the name of love. 

Teague loves her job at the coffee house but is destined to be a writer, it’s only just a matter of time. It’s the friendships she has that will provide entertainment, after all, there is nothing better than a night out with friends for food and drink. When Teague meets a handsome man at the bar and doesn’t fall for his charm, she will soon discover that he just might change the way she views men and relationships forever.

Robin Bielman I adore you and your books. This was the first book I read and I can’t wait to read more! Take Dirty to Me is an absolute must dear readers for your summer reading list! One-click this spicy, flirty, and laugh-out-loud story because it’s packed with adventure, crazy bosses, sexy men and enough heat that you’ll want to cool off in the pool or ocean. Be sure to order a plate of hot wings and a cool beer ;)!

This spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.holds barred sensuality and situations.  4 Jalepenos

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Get your copy here: Talk British to Me (Wherever You Go)